August 15th, 2012
As you may know, after being fully acquitted of the Federal charges of theft of trade secrets from my former employer, Goldman Sachs, on 8/9/2012 I was arraigned again on the NY State charges involving essentially the same matter.
I strongly believe that this is a vindictive action by government against me in their attempt to punish me even further based on a wrongful allegation of a crime I didn't commit, for which I already had spent a year in prison before the justice prevailed and I was fully acquitted by the Second Circuit (see Acquittal Order), which reversed my conviction the same day the appellate panel heard oral arguments.
The toll of the previous defense of the Federal case depleted all my resources - I lost my home, marriage, and all savings in that battle to protect my freedom, clear my name and restore reputation. The new NY State charges will require me to pay for even more legal defense expenses and expert fees. As you can imagine, this is a very expensive undertaking. It has been estimated that my legal and expert fees from now through trial will exceed $500,000.
The pending NY State charges and the publicity surrounding the charges have made funding such high defense fees impossible, because I cannot get employment in my field. As a consequence, I cannot afford to mount the necessary defense without the support of those who believe in me.
I would like to ask all of you, who are sympathetic to my case and who believe in the injustice of me being charged the second time for the same act that I was earlier acquitted for, to contribute the funds that would help me in my fight for justice and freedom.
You can contribute in one of the following ways:
Attn: Aleynikov Defense FundThank you very much for your support!
Sergey Aleynikov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[Bail hearing: outside the NY court house after spending a week in NJ jail on arrest by NY State]
Round2: NY State vs. Sergey Aleynikov (8/2/2012 - present)
On 9/27/2012 I was arraigned on the NY State indictment arising of the same conduct that I was acquitted of in the Federal court:
Round1: US vs. Sergey Aleynikov (7/4/2009 - 6/5/2012)